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-old tamerlan, who had recently began to link to jihadist videos. >> he brainwashed his younger brother. from there, what happened on marathon day. >> reporter: tamerlan was reportedly a changed man, and began to link to the videos, after a six-month trip last year to russia and chechnya. chechen rebel groups, known for their fierce attacks on russian targets, have denied any connection to the boston bombings. authorities are pointing to a statement made several years ago, in which a rebel leader said, our enemy is not only russia, but also america, britain and israel. in a letter to the fbi today, the chairman of the house homeland security committee suggested an intelligence failure. and questioned why the fbi failed to keep tamerlan on its radar of questioning him about possible terror ties two years ago at the request of russia. >> i give him the benefit of the doubt. but he was on the radar screen. and somehow he got off the radar screen and traveled overseas to one of the dangerous parts of the world. >> reporter: once federal charges are filed, authorities say they're likely to include
.s. as children. seeking refugee status. they thrived attending top boston schools. older brother, tamerlan, 26, star athlete, golden glove boxer, pianist. younger brother dzhokhar, 19, had just become a u.s. citizen, ironically, on september 11th of last year. once a lifeguard, he was an all-state wrestler and college student. >> i certainly can't put it together that he was a person firing a weapon and potentially killing people. >> reporter: last night the fbi acknowledged it interviewed tamerlan in 2011 based on a tip from the russians. the russians said he was a radical islamist, preparing to leave the u.s., possibly for a trip to the caucuses. after looking into tamerlan's phone records, websites he visited and associates, the fbi found no ties to terrorists. by law, fbi officials said, monitoring had to stop, barring new negative information. >> too many people in this country, just like him, that are touching extremist websites, that are espousing things that aren't particularly kind to americans, but that's not against the law here. >> reporter: tamerlan's father said his sons couldn't
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